A few months before the world changed in 2020, Constantia Emporium launched and, with it, a trendy little spot named Patiala. Fortunately, Patiala survived and based on a recent visit, I’m glad that it did!
Patiala Brew & Q, as it is officially known, is a restaurant and microbrewery with a diverse menu suited to various foodie tastes and preferences. The best news is that they are not one bit shy about their vegan offerings! We had a lovely problem deciding what to choose and what we were in the mood for, from tacos to pizzas and curries to hot dogs. They’ve got it covered.
While we were deciding, Bae enjoyed a beer tasting from the on-site brewery (you know Brits and their beer!) 6 tasters varying from Lager, Pilsner, Pale Ale and IPA, were all very distinct in flavour and aroma. One IPA, in particular, was a fruit explosion, and the beer seemed pretty popular based on what the other diners were drinking.
Having taken a little advice, we opted for The Dude Dog, the Smoked Mock Chicken Carnita, and we shared the Mushroom Tacos.
The awesomely named “Dude Dog” is the owner’s contribution of debunking preconceived ideas that men should eat meat. I like the name, and I LOVED THE DOG! It’s a Beyond Meat sausage, but it’s probably the best hotdog that I’ve had in a while, if ever. The relish and onions were delicious, and at R85 with chips, it’s a steal!
Bae had the Carnita, mainly because it mentioned bread (specifically Paratha bread) in the dish description😂 I swear he was a baker in a previous life. He’s obsessed. Paratha is basically thin layers of bread dough on top of each other, forming a flatbread. It actually reminded us more of a flakey pastry than bread, but it was excellent to try something different, and the mock chicken that they make in-house was terrific, as was the salsa Picante.
The tacos had too much heat for my delicate palate, and Bae had to take care of finishing those off. Even Bae, who enjoys is a spicy little number, was left gasping a tad, so if you order those and you’re chilli sensitive, then perhaps mention that.
Dessert was Chocolate Samosas with Coffee Meringue and Cinnamon Ice Cream. The ice cream was creamy, but I would have liked some more cinnamon flavour to pop through. Otherwise, it was perfect.
There is plenty to enjoy about this spot. It’s comfortable, the kitchen is open so you can watch the chefs at work, and the room has a vast expansive feel to it. I imagine that it’s also lovely during the day with the daylight pouring through the windows.
Most dishes are reasonably priced (especially for Constantia), and it’s a good option if you find yourself stumped for somewhere to go on a group outing made up of omnivores and vegans.
For more information, check out the Patiala Brew & Q website.